About Us

About Us

New South Wales Leaders inspires the next generation of leading companies. It achieves this through the provision of knowledge, networks, and capital.

New South Wales Leaders assists companies to achieve sustainable growth, manage succession planning and evaluate entry and exit strategies for their business.

Using this experience and its networks, New South Wales Leaders operates a range of initiatives designed to benefit companies at different stages of growth.

These initiatives include:

New South Wales Leaders has a vision that includes:

  • Assisting growth companies to become national and international market leaders;
  • Developing and enhance the leadership skills of Founders, Directors and Executives;
  • Developing greater link to local, national and international capital markets;
  • Surrounding growth companies with Business, Industry and Government leaders.

Advisory Board

New South Wales Leaders has a nationally recognised Advisory Board, consisting of leading executive and non-executive directors to assist in developing the ongoing strategic direction of the network and aide in the growth and development of Members. This Advisory Board includes:

Darren Clark

Darren started his executive career in a number of successful roles in national retail and distribution and he purchased his first business in 1991. He grew it from a small suburban office above a dentist, to the one of the largest private employment agencies in the state averaging around 200 placements a week. He demonstrated an ability to identify opportunities with a string of successful businesses (and a couple of less successful ones). In 2000, he facilitated a merger to form the Ocean Group, one of the largest Events and Entertainment organisation in the country.

His passion for business led to the creation of a specialist management service company and subsequent merger, leading through 6 consecutive years of 100%+ growth. His team developed new markets throughout Europe, the US, UK and Asia. He oversaw 2 further corporate acquisitions,negotiated multinational contracts, trained a management team, grew the group into seven companies and then implemented a succession plan in November 2008.

He has served on State and Federal Government Ministerial Advisory Groups and on numerous boards. He has been an industry partner in Two successful Australian Research Council Linkage projects and Two CRC bids and has been recognised in business awards for financial and strategic planning with his companies receiving many industry based sales and achievement awards.

Emma Forster-Mitrovski

Emma brings over twenty years experience in executive strategic planning, business development, sales and marketing, process improvement and organisational change management roles for both corporate and government organisations within the professional services, finance, property and construction sectors for organisations including; PwC, CBA, Colonial First State Property, NSW State Government, Five D, JLL and UGL.

In 2015, Emma played a key role in the sale of the Five D Business to JLL forming the largest corporate real estate services provider in Australia. Emma was an Executive Director on the Five D Board and shareholder.

Emma is a Director of Constructive Pty Ltd, winner of the Master Builders Awards for excellent in 2009 & 2012 and formerly an Independent Board Member of Latitude 12, a BPO established by the East and West Arnhem Regional Shires to enhance the quality of services to indigenous communities.

Dan Liszka

Dan is a Business Coach, Capital Advisor and CEO of New South Wales Leaders. He has an extensive background with strong focus on equity capital raisings for early stage emerging companies and corporate innovation. He is also a sponsoring member of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a founding Manager of a Government funded innovation centre based on the campus of Newcastle University and an Executive Director and shareholder of a $4M open ocean aquaculture venture. With over 20 year’s commercial experience, Dan has successfully held roles as a General Manager, Director and Investor as well as various roles in Industry, Government and Research.

Tim Rossi

Tim is the Managing Director at Symphony Leadership. He has been supporting corporate leaders offering advising, facilitating, training, mentoring, coaching and coaching supervision services for 25 years. His early career centered on senior management roles with investment banks, including an executive directorship with Hill Samuel Australia (Now Macquarie Bank). Tim’s teams played a leading role in the rapid growth of Australia’s Money Markets.

Jonathan Rubinsztein

Jonathan is the CEO of UXC Red Rock Consulting, the largest Oracle Consulting business in ANZ with 8 offices and 600 staff. He is a dynamic and energetic leader who prides himself on being able to help grow a business aggressively whilst maintaining the organisations culture & x-factor. He was a founding Shareholder of Red Rock. His focus & expertise are around enabling business growth specifically in Sales and Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Executive Leadership, Alliances and Strategy. Jonathan is also a Director of RockSolid SQL, a company building monitoring and automated data management software.

Hon. Carl Scully

Carl Scully’s career spans over 30 years in both the private and public sectors. He practised law for seven years before embarking on a 17-year political career. For nearly 12 of those years, he served in high level ministerial positions primarily involved in the delivery of major infrastructure projects for the NSW Government of Australia.

During his tenure in Government, Carl was responsible for the planning and delivery of seven of Sydney’s most extensive and iconic infrastructure projects, namely the Eastern Distributor, the Cross City Tunnel, the M5, M7 and Lane Cove Tunnel Motorways, the extensive network of Bus Only Transit ways across Western Sydney and the $2.3B Epping to Chatswood rail link. He was also responsible for implementing numerous key policy reforms and master minding the delivery of transport logistics for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Carl returned to the private sector in 2007, joining Evans & Peck as a Principal and later as Team Leader for its Business Advisory unit. In 2012, Carl joined the parent company, Worley Parsons, where he is currently the International Business Director for Infrastructure & Environment. In this role he advises the global business on major pursuits and opportunities in Eastern and Southern Africa and in Latin America and engages at a high level with government, regulators and clients, and with potential local business and technical partners. In this role he chairs the Worley Parsons East Africa steering Committee and the China investment in Africa Steering committee.

Melinda Snowden

Melinda is a non executive director with Kennards Self Storage and a former director of MLC Limited, the wealth management division of NAB and Vita Group Limited, an ASX listed telecommunications and computer retailer. Melinda is also a non executive director of SANE Australia and a member of Newington College Council. In her executive career Melinda held corporate finance roles with Grant Samuel, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs in Australia and New York.

Hon. Andrew Stoner

Andrew has extensive work experience in both business and government, including in a variety of managerial roles and as a Human Resources professional. More recently, he performed the role of Member of Parliament (16 years), Leader of The National Party (11 ½ years), Minister, and Deputy Premier of NSW (3 ½ years).

During his time as Deputy Leader of the NSW Government, his achievements included:

  • Leading the NSW government’s international engagement strategy, including trade missions and establishment of trade offices in priority markets;
  • Substantially delivering the $4 billion redevelopment of the Sydney International Convention Entertainment & Exhibition Precinct at Darling Harbour;
  • Co-leading the government’s asset recycling strategy, via private sector ownership/operation of key economic assets including ports and electricity infrastructure;
  • Overseeing more than $13 billion of infrastructure investment in regional NSW, particularly road, rail and water infrastructure aimed at enhancing the productivity of regional industries.

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New South Wales Leaders selects leading growth companies to become Members. Up to 25 Executive Leaders and 16 Future Leaders are selected each year.

New South Wales Leaders


Phone +61 2 9279 3634
Email info@nswleaders.com.au

Suite 7, Level 1, 341 George Street,
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000